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Statement by the President on the Mudslide Devastation in Washington State

 

Published on Apr 22, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the Oso Firehouse after viewing the devastation from the recent mudslide in the area and meeting with the families affected by this disaster, as well as first responders and recovery workers. April 22, 2014.

 

 

Oso Firehouse
Oso, Washington

4:13 P.M. PDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon, everybody.  I just had a chance to tour some of the damage from last month’s mudslide.  And, most importantly, I had a chance to spend some time with the families whose loved ones have been lost.  I also had a chance to thank some of the amazing first responders, the firefighters, police officers, search and rescue crews, and members of the Washington National Guard who have been working around the clock to help this community recover from this devastating incident.

Governor Inslee, Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, Congresswoman DelBene, Congressman Larsen, and the rest of the elected officials who are here, they’ve been relentless in making sure that Oso had the resources that it needs.  And from the day of the tragedy, I’ve instructed my team to make sure that they get what they need to make sure that the search and rescue mission is going forward the way it should.

A FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team was on the ground immediately after the mudslide, and a search and rescue team was deployed to help locate and recover victims.  We immediately approved an emergency declaration to provide additional resources to state and local responders.  And I followed that by approving a major disaster declaration to help residents and business owners rebuild, and to help state and local and tribal governments with emergency work.

Today, that work continues.  There are still families who are searching for loved ones.  There are families who have lost everything, and it’s going to be a difficult road ahead for them.  And that’s why I wanted to come here — just to let you know that the country is thinking about all of you and have been throughout this tragedy.

We’re not going anywhere.  We’ll be here as long as it takes.  Because while very few Americans have ever heard of Oso before the disaster struck, we’ve all been inspired by the incredible way that the community has come together and shown the love and support that they have for each other in ways large and small.

Over the past month, we’ve seen neighbors and complete strangers donate everything from chainsaws to rain jackets to help with the recovery effort.  We’ve seen families cook meals for rescue workers.  We’ve seen volunteers pull 15-hour days, searching through mud up to 70 feet deep.  One resident said, “We’re Oso.  We just do it.”  That’s what this community is all about.  And I think the outstanding work of Sheriff Willy Harper here helping to coordinate all of this — I was saying, he’s a pretty young sheriff, but he has shouldered this burden in an incredible way.  And we’re very, very proud of him, as we are of all the local responders.

This is family.  And these are folks who love this land, and it’s easy to see why — because it’s gorgeous.  And there’s a way of life here that’s represented.  And to see the strength in adversity of this community I think should inspire all of us, because this is also what America is all about.

When times get tough, we look out for each other.  We get each other’s backs.  And we recover and we build, and we come back stronger.  And we’re always reminded that we’re greater together.  That’s how we’ll support each other every step of the way.

I have to say that the families that I met with showed incredible strength and grace through unimaginable pain and difficulty.  Uniformly, though, they all wanted to say thank you to the first responders.  They were deeply appreciative of the efforts that everybody has made.  And I know that many of the first responders have heard that directly, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat that we’re very appreciative of what you’ve done.

And I also want to say that some terrific lessons were learned in the midst of very hard times during this process, because almost uniquely, we had not just coordination between state, local and federal officials, but also coordination between volunteers and those officials.  And I know that it required some improvisation and some kinks getting worked out, but it was important for the family members themselves and the community themselves to be hands-on and participate in this process — particularly a community like this one where folks are hearty and know how to do things, and take great pride in being self-reliant.  It was important that they weren’t just bystanders in this process, they were involved every step of the way.

One last point I’ll make.  I’ve received a number of letters from residents — either Darrington, or Arlington, or Oso itself — over the last several weeks, and one in particular struck me.  It was from a firefighter who I may have met today; he didn’t identify himself.  But he pointed out how those who were operating the heavy machinery during this whole process did so with an incredible care and delicacy because they understood that this wasn’t an ordinary job, this wasn’t just a matter of moving earth; that this was a matter of making sure that we were honoring and respecting the lives that had been impacted.

And two things were of note in that letter:  Number one, that this firefighter pointed out properly the incredible work that’s been done under very tough circumstances.  Number two, he was pointing out what others were doing, not what he was doing.  And to see a community come together like this and not be interested in who’s getting credit, but just making sure that the job gets done, that says a lot about the character of this place.

And so we’re very, very proud of all of you.  Michelle and I grieve with you.  The whole country is thinking about you.  And we’re going to make sure that we’re there every step of the way as we go through the grieving, the mourning, the recovery.  We’re going to be strong right alongside you.

Thank you very much.  God bless you.  God bless America.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

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4:21 P.M. PDT

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Party Like A Rock Star…Barack Takes Tokyo.

President Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night for a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region. Obama’s travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region. (April 23)

Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit

 

President Barack Obama starts a four-nation Asian swing on Wednesday with a dinner at a Tokyo sushi restaurant with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe.

“At 10:05 pm local time President Obama left Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant along with Ambassador (Caroline) Kennedy and National Security Adviser Susan Rice. “That’s some good sushi right there,” Obama remarked as he emerged from the restaurant after the hour and-a-half dinner with the prime minister.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

 

85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station.

 

 

 

President Barack Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit

 

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President Obama’s April 2014 Asia Trip Schedule

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • In the afternoon, President Obama arrives in Tokyo, Japan
  • Later, the President joins Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan for a private dinner

 

 

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama meets with Emperor Akihito of Japan at the Imperial Palace
  • The President meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at Akasaka Palace
  • In the afternoon, the President participates in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe
  • Later, President Obama delivers remarks at a youth and science event with students at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
  • The President visits Meiji Shrine
  • President Obama attends the Japan State Dinner and delivers remarks

 

 

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • Later that morning, the President bids farewell to the Emperor Akihito of Japan
  • In the afternoon, President Obama travels to Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • The President visits the National War Memorial and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony
  • Later, the President visits Gyengbok Palace
  • President Obama meets with President Park at the Blue House

 

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
  • Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks
  • In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

 

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
  • Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra
  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak
  • The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center
  • Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

 

 

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony at Malacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

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Where In The World Is Barack™……Tokyo….Japan.


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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White House Schedule – April 23, 2014

 

 

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 All Times ET/Japan Standard Time, which is 13 hours ahead of Eastern

 

President Barack Obama starts a four-nation Asian swing on Wednesday with a dinner at a Tokyo sushi restaurant with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe.

From the pool report:  “At 10:05 pm local time President Obama left Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant along with Ambassador (Caroline) Kennedy and National Security Adviser Susan Rice. “That’s some good sushi right there,” Obama remarked as he emerged from the restaurant after the hour and-a-half dinner with the prime minister.

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23rd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, April 23rd, 2014

 

7:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Tokyo, Japan, Haneda International Airport. Local time: 6:00 AM.

8:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT joins Prime Minister Abe of Japan and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy for a private dinner, Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant. Local Time: 7:30 AM.

 

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Schedule for the Week of April 23rd – 29th, 2014

 

On Wednesday night, the President will arrive in Tokyo, Japan and remain overnight. President Obama, Amb. Caroline Kennedy will join Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo’

 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

 

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

 

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold a state call with Emperor and Empress of Japan at the Imperial Palace. Later in the morning, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at the Akasaka Palace. In the afternoon, the President will visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation to tour and deliver remarks at a youth and science event with students. Later in the afternoon, the President will visit the Meiji Shrine and host a roundtable meeting with Select USA business leaders. In the evening the President will attend the Japanese State dinner at the Imperial Palace with the Imperial family. The President will remain overnight in Japan.

 

On Friday morning, the President will meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy to Japan. He will then travel to the Republic of Korea. In the afternoon, the President will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial to honor fallen soldiers. Following the ceremony, he will tour the Gyeongbok Palace. Later in the afternoon, the President will visit the Blue House to participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Park of the Republic of Korea . In the evening the President will join President Park for a working dinner and remain overnight in Seoul, South Korea.

 

On Saturday morning, the President will participate in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy.  Following the round table, the President will travel to Yongsan Garrison.  Here, he will be briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers and deliver remarks and visit with troops and their families to thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In the evening, he will join King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia for the State dinner at the Istana Negara Palace.   The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

 

On Sunday, the President will visit the National Mosque of Malaysia.  Following his visit, he will participate in a bilateral meeting and working lunch followed by a joint press conference with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia at the Prime Minister’s Office. In the afternoon, the President and Prime Minister will take part in an event at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center. In the evening, the President will travel to Malaya University to participate in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

 

On Monday, The President will leave for The Philippines in the morning. The President will have a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Benigno AquinoLater that evening The President will attend a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino.

 

On Tuesday, The President will view an electric vehicle in The Philippines called “The Comet.” The President will visit Fort Bonifacio, where he will deliver remarks to U.S. and Filipino service members and veterans. The President will lay a wreath at The American Cemetery. Later in the evening The President will return to Washington, D.C.

 

 

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The President’s Trip to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines

 

April 22 to April 29

 

President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development; advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.

 

 

Previewing the President’s Trip to Asia, Spring 2014

 

Published on Apr 22, 2014

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes previews the President’s trip to Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines during April, 2014

 

 

 

The President will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines as part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

In Japan, the President will meet with Prime Minister Abe to highlight the historic steps the United States and Japan are taking to modernize our 54-year alliance, deepen our economic ties, including through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and expand our cooperation on a range of diplomatic challenges in Asia and globally.

 

The President will then travel to the Republic of Korea, where he will meet with President Park to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to a strong alliance, review recent developments in North Korea and our combined efforts to promote denuclearization, and discuss our ongoing implementation of the Korea-United States FTA.

 

In Malaysia, the President will meet with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia to showcase the substantial progress made in deepening our diplomatic, economic, and defense ties with such an important partner in Southeast Asia.

 

The President will then travel to the Philippines, the fifth Asian treaty ally he will have visited during his presidency.  He will meet with President Aquino to highlight our economic and security cooperation, including through the modernization of our defense alliance, efforts to expand economic ties and spark economic growth through the Partnership for Growth, and through our deep and enduring people-to-people ties.

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President Obama’s April 2014 Asia Trip Schedule

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • In the afternoon, President Obama arrives in Tokyo, Japan
  • Later, the President joins Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan for a private dinner

 

 

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama meets with Emperor Akihito of Japan at the Imperial Palace
  • The President meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at Akasaka Palace
  • In the afternoon, the President participates in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe
  • Later, President Obama delivers remarks at a youth and science event with students at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
  • The President visits Meiji Shrine
  • President Obama attends the Japan State Dinner and delivers remarks

 

 

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • Later that morning, the President bids farewell to the Emperor Akihito of Japan
  • In the afternoon, President Obama travels to Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • The President visits the National War Memorial and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony
  • Later, the President visits Gyengbok Palace
  • President Obama meets with President Park at the Blue House

 

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
  • Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks
  • In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

 

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
  • Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra
  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak
  • The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center
  • Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

 

 

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony at Malacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

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April 22nd, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama views the scene of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., from Marine One, April 22, 2014. The President later met privately with families who lost loved ones. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama views the scene of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., from Marine One, April 22, 2014. The President later met privately with families who lost loved ones. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on the Mudslide Devastation in Washington State

 

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

 

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at a Meeting with Ukrainian Legislators

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on South Sudan

 

President Obama Signs Indiana Disaster Declaration

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Leaders from the American Legion

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 24th Of February, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – February 24, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the morning, the President and the Vice President will deliver remarks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room. The remarks are pooled press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with governors of Western States to discuss drought and wildfires. This meeting in the Situation Room is closed press.

 

 

Monday, February 24 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:00 AM: The President and Vice President deliver remarks to the National Governors Association, State Dining Room.

 

1:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

1:45 PM: The President meets with governors of Western States, The Situation Room.

 

2:30 PM: The Vice President meets with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia, Roosevelt Room.

 

 

State Dining Room last night before the Governors Ball (White House Official Photo: Pete Souza)

State Dining Room last night before the Governors Ball (White House Official Photo: Pete Souza)

 

 

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White House Schedule For The Week Ahead

 

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On Monday, the President will meet with the National Governors Association.

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the economy at the White House. In the evening, he will attend an Organizing for Action event in Washington, DC.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to theMinneapolis-St. Paul area for an event on the economy.

 

On Thursday, the President will host an event on his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

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Rep. John Lewis is a Southerner for the Freedom to Marry

 

Published on Feb 23, 2014

In this video sharing why he supports the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) says “I fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up – and speak up – against discrimination against our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. I see the right to marriage as a civil rights issue.”

 

 

 

Susan Rice Meet The Press Full Interview 2/23/14

 

Published on Feb 23, 2014

Susan Rice meet the press. The latest view from the White House on foreign policy with National Security Adviser Susan Rice; including recent clashes in the Ukraine, the dynamic between Presidents Putin and Obama, and America’s relationship with Russia.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President at the National Governors Association Dinner

 

President Obama Speaks to National Governors Association

February 23, 2014 | 6:25 |Public Domain

 

President Obama speaks to the National Governors Association.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks Before a Meeting with Democratic Governors

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before a meeting with Democratic governors at White House to discuss several issues that are of critical importance to our constituencies, including raising the minimum wage. February 21, 2014.

 

 

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Weekly Address: Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise

 

 

 

President Obama Has a Message for You: #GetCovered

 

 

 

The First Lady Wants to See How You Move

 

 

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

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The President Isn’t Sitting Still

 

Weekly Address: Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise

 

Weekly Wrap Up: the President Bets on Team USA, the First Lady Visits Jimmy Fallon, and More

 

The First Lady Wants to See How You Move

 

President Obama Has a Message for You: #GetCovered

 

A Down Payment on Expanding Opportunity for America’s Long-Term Unemployed

 

 

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February 23rd, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama Makes A Toast at the 2013-4 Governors Dinner

President Barack Obama Makes A Toast at the 2014 Governors Dinner

@GovChristie skipped 2014 Governors’ Dinner At The White House. He needs 2 skip a few more dinners.

@GovChristie skipped 2014 Governors’ Dinner At The White House. He needs 2 skip a few more dinners.

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Statue of James Meredith at the University of Mississippi

President Barack Obama talks with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, following a meeting with the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, following a meeting with the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The VP dropped by a meeting with governors at the WH today to discuss the President’s call to #RaiseTheWage

The VP dropped by a meeting with governors at the White House  to discuss the President’s call to #RaiseTheWage

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Pete Souza: POTUS meets with The Dalai Lama

On March 18th, 2014, President Barack Obama will award 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans will receive the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

On March 18th, 2014, President Barack Obama will award 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans will receive the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens at a bilateral meeting with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto at the El Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Mexico before the start of the North American Leaders Summit  in Toluca, Mexico,

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens at a bilateral meeting with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto at the El Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Mexico before the start of the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico,

 

 

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine.  We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal.  The unshakeable principle guiding events must be that the people of Ukraine determine their own future.  We welcome constructive work in the Rada and continue to urge the prompt formation of a broad, technocratic government of national unity.  We welcome former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s release from a prison hospital today, and we wish her a speedy recovery as she seeks the appropriate medical treatment that she has long needed and sought.

 

We continue to urge an end to violence by all sides and a focus on peaceful, democratic dialogue, working pursuant to Ukraine’s constitution and through its institutions of government.  Going forward, we will work with our allies, with Russia, and with appropriate European and international organizations to support a strong, prosperous, unified, and democratic Ukraine.  Going forward, the Ukrainian people should know that the United States deeply values our long-standing ties with Ukraine and will support them as they pursue a path of democracy and economic development.

 

 

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It’s Barack’s World™ ♥


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule For The Weekend

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2014

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014

 

On Sunday, the President and the First Lady will welcome the National Governors Association to the White House for the 2014 Governors’ Dinner. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend. There will be pool coverage for remarks.

 

7:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host the 2014 Governors’ Dinner; THE VICE PRESIDENT and DR. BIDEN also attend, State Dining Room.

 

 

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White House Schedule For The Week Ahead

 

On Monday, the President will meet with the National Governors Association.

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the economy at the White House. In the evening, he will attend an Organizing for Action event in Washington, DC.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to theMinneapolis-St. Paul area for an event on the economy.

 

On Thursday, the President will host an event on his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

Susan Rice Meet The Press Full Interview 2/23/14

 

Published on Feb 23, 2014

Susan Rice meet the press. The latest view from the White House on foreign policy with National Security Adviser Susan Rice; including recent clashes in the Ukraine, the dynamic between Presidents Putin and Obama, and America’s relationship with Russia.

 

 

 

How will President Obama confront the latest unrest in Ukraine? Are sanctions enough? Plus, debates on economic inequality and the 2014 midterm race rage on — what does it all mean?

 

The roundtable will break it all down, plus the week in politics: New York Times columnist David Brooks, New York Times White House Correspondent Helene Cooper, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour Judy Woodruff and Host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” Chris Matthews.

 

 

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Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise.

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: El Congreso Debe Subir el Salario Mínimo

February 22, 2014 | 3:46 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, Elmy Bermejo, la Directora de Asuntos Intergubernamentales del Departamento de Trabajo discutió la importancia de aumentar el salario mínimo para los trabajadores estadounidenses. El Presidente cree que aquí en los Estados Unidos, nadie que trabaje duro debería vivir en la pobreza. Y todos los que trabajan duro deberían tener la oportunidad de salir adelante.

 

 

 

A Year of Action: Pursuing Opportunity for All

 

Published on Feb 8, 2014

President Obama is not waiting for Congress and is taking steps to use his executive authority to expand opportunity and level the playing field for middle-class Americans.

 

 

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Responding to the Situation in Ukraine

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

 

February 22, 2014

The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine.  We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal.  The unshakeable principle guiding events must be that the people of Ukraine determine their own future.  We welcome constructive work in the Rada and continue to urge the prompt formation of a broad, technocratic government of national unity.  We welcome former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s release from a prison hospital today, and we wish her a speedy recovery as she seeks the appropriate medical treatment that she has long needed and sought.

 

We continue to urge an end to violence by all sides and a focus on peaceful, democratic dialogue, working pursuant to Ukraine’s constitution and through its institutions of government.  Going forward, we will work with our allies, with Russia, and with appropriate European and international organizations to support a strong, prosperous, unified, and democratic Ukraine.  Going forward, the Ukrainian people should know that the United States deeply values our long-standing ties with Ukraine and will support them as they pursue a path of democracy and economic development.

 

 

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin

President Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin today to discuss Ukraine and a range of other global issues.  On Ukraine, they exchanged views on the need to implement quickly the political agreement reached today in Kyiv, the importance of stabilizing the economic situation and undertaking necessary reforms, and the need for all sides to refrain from further violence.  They also spoke about the situation in Syria, including the importance of efforts to advance a political solution, concerns over the humanitarian crisis and the necessity of a strong UN Security Council resolution on the issue, and the need for the Assad regime to adhere to its commitment to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons program.  In addition, they discussed U.S.-Russian cooperation in the P5+1 process on Iran.  The President also congratulated Russia on its hosting of the Olympic games.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

Statement by the Press Secretary on S.J. Res. 28 and S.J. Res. 29

 

On Friday, February 21, 2014, the President signed into law:

 

S.J. Res. 28, which appoints John M. Fahey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution; and

 

S.J. Res. 29, which appoints Risa Lavizzo-Mourey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: the President Bets on Team USA, the First Lady Visits Jimmy Fallon, and More

 

The First Lady Wants to See How You Move

 

President Obama Has a Message for You: #GetCovered

 

A Down Payment on Expanding Opportunity for America’s Long-Term Unemployed

 

We the Geeks: Celebrating Black History Month

 

Get Covered: An Assist from Mayor Kevin Johnson

 

West Wing Week 02/21/14 or “Don’t Make Small Plans, Make Big Plans”

 

Celebrating Black History Month, The Black History Moment Series #23: Bayard Rustin. Civil Rights Warrior. Gay Black Man.

 

From The Blog…. It Is What It Is, Dr. Rex: UGANDA Signs The Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

 

President Obama To Award Medal Of Honor To These 24 Overlooked Minority Service Members.

 

TheObamaCrat™ Potpourri: We’re ALL Ovah The Place.

 

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama Visits NBC’s “The Tonight Show” With Jimmy Fallon

 

 

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Black History Month 2014 Presents: Celebrating Black History Month; The Black History Moment Series, #1 thru #23….

 

In Case You Missed This Series….Black History Month 2014 Presents: Celebrating Black History Month; The Black History Moment Series.

 

 

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AP: Venezuelan Government Cuts Internet Access, Blocks Websites In War Against Student Protesters

AP: Venezuelan Government Cuts Internet Access, Blocks Websites In War Against Student Protesters

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Letter From The President To The Speaker Of The House Of Representatives And The President Pro Tempore Of The Senate


 

By Jueseppi B.

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A Letter From The President To The Speaker Of The House Of Representatives And The President Pro Tempore Of The Senate

December 22, 2013

 

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
In my report to the Congress of December 19, 2013, I provided information on the deployment of U.S. forces to support the security of U.S. personnel and our Embassy in South Sudan. I am providing this additional report, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), to help ensure that the Congress is kept fully informed on U.S. military activities in South Sudan.

 

On December 21, 2013, approximately 46 additional U.S. military personnel deployed by military aircraft to the area of Bor, South Sudan, to conduct an operation to evacuate U.S. citizens and personnel. After the aircraft came under fire as they approached Bor, the operation was curtailed due to security considerations, and the aircraft and all military personnel onboard departed South Sudan without completing the evacuation.

 
The purpose of this operation was to protect U.S. citizens, personnel, and property. As I monitor the situation in South Sudan, I may take further action to support the security of U.S. citizens, personnel, and property, including our Embassy, in South Sudan.

 

This action has been directed consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

 
I appreciate the support of the Congress in these actions.

 

Sincerely,
BARACK OBAMA

 

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Statement by the President on South Sudan

In 2011, millions of South Sudanese voted to forge a new nation, founded on the promise of a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of South Sudan’s people.  In recent years, against great odds, South Sudan has made great progress toward breaking the cycle of violence that characterized much of its history.

Today, that future is at risk.  South Sudan stands at the precipice.  Recent fighting threatens to plunge South Sudan back into the dark days of its past.

 

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  South Sudan has a choice.  Its leaders can end the violence and work to resolve tensions peacefully and democratically.  Fighting to settle political scores or to destabilize the government must stop immediately.  Inflammatory rhetoric and targeted violence must cease.  All sides must listen to the wise counsel of their neighbors, commit to dialogue and take immediate steps to urge calm and support reconciliation.  South Sudan’s leaders must recognize that compromise with one’s political enemy is difficult; but recovering from unchecked violence and unleashed hatred will prove much harder.

 

Too much blood has been spilled and too many lives have been lost to allow South Sudan’s moment of hope and opportunity to slip from its grasp.  Now is the time for South Sudan’s leaders to show courage and leadership, to reaffirm their commitment to peace, to unity, and to a better future for their people.  The United States will remain a steady partner of the South Sudanese people as they seek the security and prosperity they deserve.

 

Urging Peace In South Sudan

 

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